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Monastery of Santo Domingo (Iglesia y Monasterio de Santo Domingo)

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Address: Jiron Camana 170 - Cercado de Lima, Lima, Peru
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Description: Built by Dominican friars in 1549, this Church and Monastery contains the...
Built by Dominican friars in 1549, this Church and Monastery contains the tombs of Santa Martin de Porres and Peru's other famous saint, Santa Rosa de Lima.
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17th century monastery

The architecture of the building and the courtyard with its many trees were interesting. But the catacombs and their history were fascinating.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The architecture of the building and the courtyard with its many trees were interesting. But the catacombs and their history were fascinating.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This complex of buildings is still an active priory, with 26 monks living there. But the history is amazing, the rebuilding after 2 earthquakes and all the extra things you won't know without someone who tells you (like the catacombs). A small fee to enter and well worth the cost of a guide. They are usually sitting outside the entrance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

It is a nice experience. The construction is from the XVI century, in very good shape, the garden are beautifully kept and the best is the tower from which is possible to observe all the old part of Lima and if the day is clear the Pacific Ocean and Callao port. If your like religious stuff is great because there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Worth he money to hire a guide. Ours was excellent to hear the history and see specific items. Gorgeous architecture and interior patio with Seville tiled walls, wood carved scenes, etc.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

How interesting to see a working monastery. The church has a choir and holds mass every day. There is a library with original volumes dating back centuries and immaculately preserved. The tile work dates back to the year 1606 and is exquisite. All the woodwork is original and is put together without any nails. The grounds are beautiful.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Although the free and informational tour was great, we did seem to skip over a lot of things in the monastery. I did, however, enjoy getting an insider's scoop on the history of the monastery, and seeing the catacombs was pretty cool.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is a unique place with many, mostly religious, unique relics. The monastery allegedly can only be visited with a guide, and we had to patiently wait for availability of an English speaking guide. However, during the tour I did see several people who seemed to be on their own, so I am not sure what the deal was. The... More 

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Anniston, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

A must see if not for the book collection,the bone collection, which is a bit creepy but amazing. The building is a testament to what great builders they were.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Our tour stopped here after visiting the Plaza de Armas. There were people preparing for a Christmas ceremony and had a nativity crib to be carried by locals in various national costumes. They were very colorful. The monastery itself has a lovely courtyard with beautiful tiles and woodwork in the surrounding corridors. There is an interesting painting of the Last... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This monastery is from the colony time. It is a little poor since dominicos use to be very austere. However you can see the religious art of that time in the walls. Impressive at all. San Martin de Porres lived in that monastery. You can read the history of this saint in wikipedia.

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